Text: H.R.3318 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (08/02/2007)


110th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3318


To require that the recommended national protocol for sexual assault medical forensic examinations include a recommendation that rape victims be offered information about emergency contraceptives to prevent pregnancy.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 2, 2007

Mrs. Maloney of New York (for herself, Ms. Watson, and Mr. Shays) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To require that the recommended national protocol for sexual assault medical forensic examinations include a recommendation that rape victims be offered information about emergency contraceptives to prevent pregnancy.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Best Help for Rape Victims Act”.

SEC. 2. Required element of national protocol for sexual assault medical forensic examinations.

(a) In general.—Section 1405 of the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. 3796gg note) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (e); and

(2) by inserting after subsection (c) the following new subsection:

“(d) Required element of protocol.—The national protocol required by subsection (a)(3) shall include a recommendation to the effect that a victim of sexual assault who is at risk of pregnancy from rape—

“(1) should be offered information about emergency contraception; and

“(2) should, if the victim so requests, be provided with emergency contraception on site.”.

(b) Implementation to protocol already issued.—The Attorney General shall ensure that any protocol already issued under section 1405(a)(3) of the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 is, not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, revised and reissued in a form that complies with section 1405(d) of that Act (as added by subsection (a)(2) of this section).


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